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Full text of "Further Sources Of Vijayanagara History"

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?lace. The chief having agreed to this proposal, the parties
jointly paid a snm of 24 varahas for obtaining the necessary
letters from the court, and repaired to Singanamala. Having
obtained a koradi from the people of that place, they finally
departed to Tippasarmidram to have their dispute settled. They
waited in the village for two months, at the end of which
the Mahajanas appointed a body of seven judges to try the case.
One day the court assembled, and obtained prajnapatras from
both the parties. Then they desired to know who the
complainants were. The grandsons of Cinna Timmaraju came
forward and said that they demanded justice. Having sent their
opponents outside, the court heard their statement, listened to
the jayalekha and took the prama&apatrika. Next, they sum-
moned the defendants, and asked them to represent their side
of the case. At this juncture, Basuvayya, one of the defendants,
called aside the son of Kondubhatta, one of the judge*, who
was a relation of Narayana Somayaji, and delivered into his
hands the letter and the kftrikas which the Somayaji had given
to him. On perusing the letter, Kondubhatta's son instructed
Basuvayya to place the copy of jayalekha with the Mrtiras
before the court. He did as he was instructed to do.
The judges  of the court perused the documents.   Thej
found themselves in a perplexing situation.   They could no^
reject   the   karikas   as   false;   nor   could   they declare tin
jayalekhas and pramaaapatrikas filed by the eomplaias&te a
forgeries. While they were engaged in discussing the probleiu
the defendants having consulted one another, offered to pa;
them a bribe of 75 varahas.   As the judges agreed to accept tit
bribe, the defendants paid them 70 wrabas m cash and execa;
ed a promissory note for the balance.   The wort pronotitkee
the judgment in favour of the defendants.   Hiving sectir»fcd
copy of the judgment and other letters, feei defe&A&fcts jfcterai
to GtHadikota where they read them before R&ngafcatli* H*y^
and go* back the part of money which they paMt&r ,Eiff
Tcartma when they desired to go to